Eilish is notoriously protective of her body image for this exact reason: Even as a teenager, photos of her body were used to sexualize or shame her.She has spoken publicly about this pressure. “Nothing that I do goes unnoticed. If I wear what’s comfortable, I’m not a woman. If I throw away the diapers I’m a slut … Do you want me to be smaller? Weaker? Softer? Bigger? Do you want me to shut up? she asked in a video earlier this year, in which she takes off a big black hoodie and then soaks herself in black slime.
Eilish has widely dismissed the societal pressure many women feel – to be quiet, feminine, and pretty – so much that saying she is rebelling against modern beauty standards is not enough.
This is not the sk8er boi-esque image of the first girls, in which women were asked to be provocative and tomboyish, but also, always hot.
And it couldn’t be more refreshing. My 16-year-old sister, who idolizes Eilish, cares 10 times less about her appearance than I did when I was her age, at a time when it couldn’t be more important for young people to do so. . My sister wears cat ears, big hoodies and loose chains, fairy tutus, chunky sneakers and striped tights with each leg a different color. And all over her Instagram, her own message is written in her captions: “Stop worrying about whether other people think you look cool and start wondering if YOU think you look cool.” ”
In a world where teens are invited to look at their faces through the prism of Instagram filters that make you feel like you’re having plastic surgery; or to their bodies through the lens of a generation that grew up watching the Kardashians and their belfries, it brings me great joy to see her so unbridled.
Seeing trolls online trying to demolish a woman who inspired them – essentially humiliating someone who happens to be still a teenager – is disheartening. There are few words to describe how ungenerous he is, but there are, of course, memes.
Eilish, for her part, remains seemingly unfazed (to anyone’s surprise – in fact, the internet has already responded on her behalf, simply posting pictures of Eilish and the six Grammys she won in 2019, laughing).
She posted on her Instagram today, sharing a video from TikTok in which a young woman explains, “You all have to start normalizing real bodies, okay? Not everyone has a cart behind them. The guts are normal, they are normal! Breasts sag, especially after breastfeeding. Instagram is not real. “